For Chamberlain this was an unforgivable act of aggression and a direct challenge to Britain
Britain and her empire declared war on Germany.
The “Phoney” War Between September 1939 and April 1940 German forces remained in Poland. No soldiers, ships or planes were sent to attack Britain or France. People in Britain and France started talking about a “phoney” war - one without actual fighting… In reality Hitler had not expected the British and French to defend Poland. He was building up his military for the next phase.
Map of the Maginot Line The Maginot line only went to the border of Belgium. Belgium and France had a defence agreement and France planned to mobilise into Belgium. There was also a gap in the Ardennes forest, which was so thick that it was believed to be impossible to move through. The Nazis invaded through Belgium and the Ardennes.
May to June 1940 Hitler’s forces quickly overran Western Europe
Days before he took his own life Hitler wrote these words…
“ After the collapse of the German Reich…there will only be two powers in the world: The United States and Soviet Russia. Through the laws of history and geographical position these giants are destined to struggle with each other either through war, or through rivalry in economics and political ideas”.